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This webinar on selecting and training service dogs for children will offer a look at the emerging field of service dogs for children with social and/or emotional challenges. Specifically we will cover how selection, raising, and training dogs for children differs from the process of selecting and preparing dogs to work with adults. North Star Foundation has been at the forefront of the movement to make service dogs available to children facing social and emotional challenges such as autism. Learning Objectives are: Breeding and selecting service dog candidates for children relies on specific canine qualities such as forgiveness, playfulness and social intelligence, along with a proper temperamental fit between pup and child; Public access challenges particular to children with service dogs; Advocating for service dogs for children with autism or anxiety to attend school with them to create an appropriate environment for learning--There is no more powerful way to fight intolerance, prevent potential bullying and encourage pragmatic language than with a carefully bred, socialized and partnered service dog; Scientific studies that look at how dogs are helping children on the autism spectrum; and, How service dogs for children can be taught to recognize and alert to rising cortisol levels at times of high anxiety and be shaped into a therapeutic tool for the child at school as well as on the home front.
Sponsor:E-Training for Dogs, Inc
Speaker(s):Patty Dobbs Gross & Dan Gross, and Barbara Handelman M.Ed., CDBC
Contact: Cheryl Lynne Aguiar